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Welcome Heather Strachan!

June 18, 2018

We are excited to welcome a new Program Manager and Director of the OCA, following Judy Davis’ retirement. Welcome to Heather Strachan, who will be starting on July 1st! Heather Strachan is a native of Humboldt, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication.  Heather’s professional background includes campaign organization as more »

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Beautiful Minds 2018: Bringing History to Life

June 4, 2018

NAMI Iowa’s 2nd annual Beautiful Minds was another roaring success with attendees enjoying a night of entertainment and learning about mental health. As a review, Beautiful Minds showcases famous artists, actors and thinkers who lived with a mental illness. Beginning with a reception at Des Moines University, guests were able to interact with all actors more »

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Managing SAD in Iowa’s uncertain weather

May 4, 2018

With record-breaking temperatures dropping to below 30 with snow on the ground, much of central and northern Iowa has become a dismal place to spend the month of April—especially for people with seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a recurring type of depression where a person experiences the same symptoms as major depressive more »

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How student groups at Iowa colleges are combatting mental health stigma

April 24, 2018

As state lawmakers have been busy passing landmark mental health reform legislation,  a growing number of college students around Iowa have also been hard at work advocating for mental health on their campuses.  Mental illness roughly one out of four teens and college-aged young adults, so it should come as no surprise that young people more »

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What Iowa law enforcement is doing to better respond to mental illness

April 3, 2018

It’s impossible to talk about changes to the mental health system without discussing the role of law enforcement.  NAMI Iowa has previously written about how a shortage of adequate mental health resources and facilities affects not only people in need of treatment, but also local police departments who are often called to intervene instead.  When more »

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